During a month of August that was filled with questions about his future with Juventus despite just joining weeks before, we didn't truly know what was going on regarding Simone Zaza's status within the club. He had just been signed from Sassuolo for a big amount of money, yet the rumor mill kept churning out talk about the 24-year-old Italian international heading elsewhere in search of more guaranteed playing time.
Of course, nothing came of it. Maybe there was something, maybe there wasn't, but nothing actually happened.
Here we are in December and just a few weeks from the winter transfer window opening next month. And here we are entering the same kind of Zaza-related situation. That's because of what Zaza's agent has said on Thursday, which basically re-opens the door for a possible move for his client.
"We haven't had certain discussions with Juve," Maifredi said to Fantagazzetta. "The hypothesis of a loan is possible, but Simone will decide. We're not ruling anything out, but after the Coppa Italia we'll meet the club. We are open to everything."
(Source: Football Italia)
Yeah, so here we go again.
I get why Zaza and his agent would be thinking about potentially going somewhere when the transfer window opens up next month. Zaza has played a little over 300 minutes between Serie A and the Champions League this season — which is probably a total he was not expecting to be at entering the winter holiday break. And let's face it, Zaza surely knows that he needs more minutes with the European Championship now less than seven months away. He is very much on Antonio Conte's radar seeing as Italy's attacking options have been anything but a consistent group. The only way to make sure he is to be included in that group is to play. Yet, there is no guarantee that those minutes will come this season if he remains on the Juventus roster this season.
But there's a catch because there always is.
Juventus has gone through the first half of the 2015-16 season with just four forwards on its roster compared to the usual five. And no, Juan Cuadrado is not being thrown into that group even though the Juventus roster says he is one. If Zaza were to move, you would think that the only way Juve allows that to happen is if there's a replacement — or even more than one — already secured in January. Potentially competing on three fronts come the new year will test Juve's depth, and the last thing the club needs is to be down to just three strikers when they could be playing three games in a week.